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Brookside (Bury Meadows)

Brookside (Bury Meadows)


Just a reminder of the events taking place at Brookside over the coming weeks. Please note that the Guided Walk and Coffee Morning will now take place on Wednesday, 14th August 🌳

Updated Summer Events


If you want to know more about this amazing site, then pop along for a guided walk tomorrow evening at 5.30pm!

If you’re interested, please email project officer Alice  for more details 🙂


Don’t forget, you can join Alice and the team from River Ribbles Trust for an exciting invertebrate monitoring session tomorrow! See poster below for details 👇


Lots of lovely Summer Events happening on site at Brookside! First event is this Thursday. See poster below for details or contact project officer Alice  for more details 🙂

Summer Events



If you’d like to keep across everything happening on this project, you can now subscribe to the Brookside restoration quarterly newsletter for seasonal updates, site news, volunteer opportunities, and more! To register, click here: Brookside Newsletter


Reminder that tomorrow is the very last chance to bash the Balsam that is taking over the Brookside site! Once the flowers and seed pods develop, disturbing the plants only aids their spread.

If you can spare a few hours to stand up for native wildlife, please do come and join for some or all of the day. Project officer Alice will be at the Kemp Delph entrance on Stanhill Road at 10.30 – what3words ///crowned.sits.paths

All other details can be found on the posters below, and if you’d like to know more about the project, please contact PROSPECTS project officer Alice 

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Two dates for your diary…on Thursday 30th May, you an join the Spring Clean up happening on site between 10am and 3pm. And, on 31st May, there’s be a guided family walk taking place. The meet time for the family walk is 10.15am and it should last about 90 minutes. All details for both events on the posters below 👇. Hope to see you there!

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It’s been a fantastic few weeks at Brookside, with bat box making, tree guard collection, and a very successful heritage walk! Alice from PROSPECTS has also delivered two talks to the Oswaldtwistle Rotary Club, and attended “Eco Cluster” at a local primary school.  Thanks to everyone who came along. Look forward to seeing you again at future events!

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Just a reminder of TWO events happening this week…

The first is the Spring Clean Up session taking place on site on Friday 17th May, and the second is the Heritage Walk and Coffee Morning event that will be taking place on Saturday 18th May. All details can be found on the posters below, and if you’d like to take part, please contact PROSPECTS project officer Alice 


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May is going to be a busy month on site! If you’d like to get involved with any of the activities mentioned on the poster below then please contact PROSPECTS project officer Alice or pop into the office!

May 2024 Events


Last week, Alice from PROSPECTS ran a dead hedging day. The team repaired damaged fencing using materials harvested from the site, while creating a valuable habitat for wildlife too – it’s a win-win!

The day was a huge success and the fence looks wonderful. Well done to everyone helped out 👏

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It’s been a little while since we’ve updated you, but the team have continued to plan and work on project, and they have some great news to share…

The National Lottery Community Fund have provided the funding needed for the team to recruit a dedicated Brookside Development Officer, based at The PROSPECTS Foundation, for the next 18 months. We’re thrilled to have Alice Pooley  on board and, over the next year and a half, she is going to be gathering information and pulling together a fantastic masterplan for the site.

If you’d like to know more about the project, or if you’d like to find out about future volunteering opportunities, then Alice is the person to contact. You can email her at [email protected]

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On Wednesday 30th August, John Haddon from Lancashire Wildlife Trust will be leading some training on Ash dieback, a fungal disease which is having a huge impact at Brookside, where almost 50% of the woodland is composed of ash which was originally planted as a timber crop. All details of the venue and timings for the day are on the flyer below, and anyone over 16 is welcome.

The morning session will provide an overview of the effects of ash dieback and the main signs to look for in assessing the progression of the disease. You will also have the opportunity to learn more about how affected trees can be managed, both for safety and as an important part of the habitat.

In the afternoon we will head out on site where you will be able to apply your knowledge and start to complete some condition assessments of affected trees. We are particularly keen to identify those trees which have been less badly affected by ash dieback and to monitor any future signs of decline.

The training day will be followed by further sessions where volunteers can use their skills to carry out condition assessments in different areas of the site so that we can build up a fuller picture of the impact of Ash dieback.

If you would like to take part in this training and can commit to completing any further assessments over coming weeks/months, please email [email protected] .

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Despite the weather, we still had a great time at Stanhill Fete on Saturday! We met lots of people, and discussed loads of ideas for transforming the Brookside site into somewhere local people can enjoy nature and take part in outdoor activities. It’s always exciting to chat to people about our ambitions for achieving radical climate action changes by improving biodiversity, habitat recovery, and carbon capture throughout the space.

Don’t forget… you can still take a look at the plans for the site and share your thoughts here: Brookside Survey

The results of the survey will help determine what further development work is needed, and show us which improvements residents and visitors think should be tackled first.

Thanks again to everyone who came to see us on Saturday!

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This Saturday, 5th August, our team will be at Stanhill Fete.

We’ll be there to enjoy the music, games, face painting, BBQ and ice creams – but we’ll also be talking with local people about the the Brookside project too. If you’d like to find out more about how we’d like to improve the site, or share your ideas, then pop along and see us.

The fete takes place between 1pm and 5pm at The Stanhill Pub & Kitchen, Stanhill Rd, Oswaldtwistle, Accrington, BB5 4PS. Hope to see you there 🙂

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We had a brilliant day at Eco Fest yesterday – great to meet so many people who know about the project, and lots of people who wanted to find out more too.

The information boards are now on display in the Market Hall, and we’ll be out and about meeting people at a couple of other events over the summer. Watch this space for dates and details!





If you’d like to find out more about the project, then head down to EcoFest in Accrington on Saturday, 17th June! You can chat to us, Hyndburn council, and Prospects about where we’re up to and our wider ambitions for the site too.

It’s going to be an amazing day, with loads of fun, environmentally friendly, activities on for all the family. Look forward to seeing you there 🙂

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Hyndburn Borough Council, Stanhill Village Community Association and the local environment charity PROSPECTS Foundation are working together on a plan that could transform the Brookside site into somewhere local people can enjoy nature and more outdoor activities. The ambitious project would also aim to achieve radical climate action changes by improving biodiversity, habitat recovery and carbon capture throughout the space.

The working group has already identified some key improvements that could do this but, before any further plans are considered, we would like to get your feedback and see if there is anything else that you think should be included. You can do this by completing this very short survey: Brookside Survey

The results of the survey will help determine what further development work needs to be done by the group, held decide which improvements are tackled first, and help the team put the other suggestions in priority order. This is a long term project, and not all of the work can take place at once. Changes will be made over several years, and will be dependant upon successful fundraising.

Thanks you for taking the time to answer these very quick questions and share your ideas!

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Tree works to tackle ash dieback will be taking place across the Bury Meadows site in February / March. Some of the trees will need to be removed, and others will be monitored. Sections of footpath will be closed on working days, so please do look out for signs as you walk the site.

More details are on the poster below, and if you have any questions please do contact Sara Parsons at Hyndburn Borough Council (details below)

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We’re still exploring the Bury Meadows site in Stanhill Village, Oswaldtwistle, and it gets more and more interesting with every visit. One of the latest finds from Anne Hourican at Hyndburn Borough Council is this old, gnarly, tree with an usual spreading crown (field elm, we think, but it may be a type of hybrid) along an old field boundary. There are some old Hawthorns there as well, and a very old stone gate post along the same boundary – amazing heritage features. We’ll have more information for you about the project throughout 2023, so do check back for updates.

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We’re delighted to be working with Hyndburn Borough Council and the Stanhill Village Community Association on plans to develop the newly acquired Bury Meadows site in Stanhill Village, Oswaldtwistle, Accrington.

The site, totalling 87 acres (35 hectares), has a wonderful local history, and a very rich habitat mosaic already and there’s huge potential for wider public benefit. Early ideas include aiming to secure Local Nature Reserve status, making woodland improvements, introducing spaces for outdoor activities and creating a Climate Action initiative.

There’s already a lot of public support for the changes, and it’s going to be fantastic being part of such an exciting and ambitious project.

We’ll keep you updated about any community meetings, discussions, ideas and masterplans here – so do keep checking back for details, or follow us on Twitter @Proffittscic.

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